Royal Ascot winner Rajasinghe heads the field for Thursday’s Arqana July Stakes


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Richard Spencer’s Rajasinghe must give 3lb to each of his rivals but Spencer is hoping his class can see him through the race and offset the extra burden

COVENTRY STAKES winner Rajasinghe faces a tough task in Thursday’s Arqana July Stakes.

However, trainer Richard Spencer believes his colt has enough class to offset the burden of giving 3lb to each of his rivals.


Spencer said: “Rajasinghe came out of Ascot really well and I’d like to think that he is thriving.

“He does have a 3lb penalty to carry, but hopefully he will keep progressing and be able to overcome that.


Rajasinghe wins the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot

“He had to do it the hard way at Ascot and he’s a very versatile horse, so I don’t think whatever rain we get before the race or the undulating course at Newmarket will be a problem for him.

“It is a long time between Royal Ascot and the Prix Morny at Deauville near the end of August. So we thought, provided he was fit and well, why keep him locked up in his box?”



Rajasinghe will have to give weight away to his rivals

Charlie Appleby hopes Sound And Silence can follow up his win in the Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Appleby said: “The only reason we are stepping him up is that on pedigree there is no reason why he shouldn’t get a bit further.

“He was not stopping when he hit the line at Ascot and it is a long wait until Goodwood.

“We will ride him patiently and see if he gets six. If he does it opens up other options for the rest of the season, if he doesn’t we can drop him back to five for the Molecomb.”

Sound And Silence

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Sound And Silence narrowly wins at Royal Ascot

Hugo Palmer feels the recent rain on the July Course will help bolster the chances of Alba Power, who was a winner at Yarmouth last month.

He said: “The rain we have had has definitely helped. He has got to step forward from Yarmouth, but he is an improving two-year-old and I have been happy with him at home.”

Hugo Palmer was pleased the rain fell for his hope Alba Power


Hugo Palmer was pleased the rain fell for his hope Alba Power

Clive Cox is keeping his fingers crossed Grand Koonta can build on his recent Windsor success and go one better than on his previous start at the track.

The Lambourn handler said: “He won convincingly in a much lesser race at Windsor last time, but he had shown a liking for the July Course previously in a good maiden.

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“Drying conditions would be in his favour. They have had rain there, but we know how quick it dries. We are very happy and pleased with him and he has taken a step forward.”

The Owen Burrows-trained Enjazaat is another taking a hike in class after leaving behind a disappointing first time out effort at Newbury with a ready success at Yarmouth.

Burrows said: “We are stepping him up from a maiden, but we have always liked him and his work has been nice. He looks well and is in good form and we will know where we stand after this.”


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